Bea’s New Pages!

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 63 – 5/29/15

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Bea’s Buzz for Friday

Bea’s recent efforts to get out of a blue mood led her to thinking of ways to perk up Bea Boomer’s Wellness.  

As a result, Bea is buzzing about two new pages she’s adding, which will be available on Tuesday, June 2nd.

  • Vital Aging Tips  will provide you with quick tips for health and wellness as you grow older (we’re not just “getting old,” you know – we are growing, even as we age.)  For Bea, that’s the key to vital aging.  This page will be updated with a new tip every Tuesday.  
  • Vital Aging Links will provide you with healthy living resources for your quick reference, separated by categories such as healthy eating, exercise, brain fitness, and the like.  Bea is still figuring out the best way to develop this page (maybe you have some ideas – please email beaboomer@gmail.com or comment if you do, or if you’ve found great links that Bea can add to this page) 

 

©Bea Boomers Wellness 2009 – 2015

 

Lost: Bea’s Sense of Humor

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 58– 5/15/15

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Bea’s Buzz for Friday: 

Lost – One Sense of Humor

Last Seen – May 10th, 2015

Reward $$ Offered for its Return! 

Please help Bea!  She’s lost her sense of humor. Really.  It’s causing her to take herself WAY too seriously and life seems so darned difficult!  Hopefully, she’s just misplaced it, like she misplaces her car keys and such (you know, this aging thing).  If Bea has lost her sense of humor completely, she’s simply doomed to a miserable life.

 She last saw her sense of humor while reading the Sunday newspaper. Silly woman, instead of checking out the Comics section, a gloom-and-doom headline caught her eye and just like that, her sense of humor walked out the door.

Then she noticed more bad news, and more and more and yikes, her sense of humor was running like heck down the road just to get away from Bea’s crabby self.

c166960_s  Oh, this is worse than just crabby – much worse!

Bea has to find her sense of humor as soon as possible.  Heck, everyone knows that humor makes our life struggles less difficult to bear and eases our stress.  

Laughter:

  • Relaxes us
  • Boosts our immune system
  • Releases endorphins (you know, those “feel good” chemicals)
  • Protects our heart
  • Helps defuse arguments
  • Enhances our friendships 
  • And so much more!

Bea has searched everywhere and now she’s getting desperate. There’s only one thing she can do! She needs to make herself laugh! But how?

Please help her, readers. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Need more encouragement to maintain your own sense of humor? 

 

 

 

Fun Website to Try: Kizoa

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 46 – 4/17/15

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Bea’s Buzz for Friday  

Part of Bea’s vital aging quest is looking for something new and fun on the Internet.  She recently discovered a cool website, Kizoa.  While googling “creating slideshows,” Kizoa popped up in her search.  

At Kizoa, you can create collages, slideshows and videos.  

Additional options include: 

  • Photo editing (choice of 200 frames and 80 filters)
  • Prints, posters, personalized photo gifts

You use your own photos, downloaded from your computer or Facebook.  For collages and slideshows, you can use templates or start from scratch.  You can also easily add text, a variety of elements, backgrounds and textures.  You can even add music to your slideshow, using Kizoa’s musical options or downloading your own tunes. 

Options for saving your creations depend on your membership:

  • Email
  • Sharing on Facebook or Twitter
  • Convert a slideshow to video and add to YouTube
  • Computer download
  • Embedding into blog or website
  • DVD

You can join Kizoa for free, but this is misleading, since the free version has very limited options.  Upgrades range from $20 to $129.These are “lifetime” costs. Bea paid $64.99 for the “Premium DVD” version, since she wanted to add collages and slideshows to her blog, post to Facebook (or Twitter) and save her creations onto a DVD. 

This is also a great way to make use of all those photos you have lying around, on or off your computer! Bea has thousands of old-fashioned photos in boxes (since her mom died, she’s the photo keeper and has photos from as long ago as the 1930’s). She’s been scanning them onto her computer (a slow, tedious process) and Kizoa is helping her design some fun mementos.  For example, this is the first collage she created, for what would have been her mom’s 100th birthday, if she was still living. (Mind you, this is pretty basic – there are a lot more elements that can be added to a collage) 

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So if you have a ton of photos and are looking for a creative outlet, you might want to give Kizoa a try!  For Bea, the fun she’s having with this site is well-worth the cost.

Suggestion:  Use the tutorials to easily learn how to use all the features on the site for your creations.

 

 

Why Every Dog Should Own a Human

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 43 – 4/10/15

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www.kizoa.com_collage_2015-04-06_18-45-29The Goscicki Family Dogs – Sam, Lab mix (passed away in 1999) and Desi, Lhasa Apso/Bichon mix (still with us)

The Goscicki family dog, Desi (the dog who can spell) recently provided Bea with his philosophy for living la vida doggy, explaining why every dog needs a human.   

  • Humans think that the dog is their pet. Desi begs to differ.  The male human cleans up Desi’s poop.  Who owns whom? 
  • A human is a dog’s most important asset in a thunderstorm or during those dreaded fireworks.  (It’s either human cuddling or a tranquilizer – Desi prefers the human touch). 
  • A human is a dog’s date magnet.  That cute miniature poodle down the street simply can’t resist Desi’s male human.
  • Table scraps. Need Desi say more?
  • Road trip!  Window down! Warm breeze blowing through my fur ~ Wait . . . hold on . . . is that the Vet’s office?  Damn. The humans fooled Desi again.
  • Ahhh, the week-end nap with the female human.  There’s nothing better than cuddling up with your human (unless, of course, that cute little poodle decides to stop by) 

And of course, not only does every dog need a human – every human needs a dog! 

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 ©Bea Boomers Wellness 2009-2015

5 Ways to Add Fun to your Walk

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 40– 4/3/15

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Bea’s Buzz for Friday:

  • Walk with a like-minded friend, or better yet, join a walking club (no clubs in your area?  Start one up!)
  • Walk your dog.  Don’t have a dog buddy?  Volunteer to walk a dog at your local animal shelter
  • Find a walking trail at your local park or county park.  
  • Invest in an Ipod and download some fitness music or your favorite rock and roll tunes – you may want to start dancing your way down the sidewalk!
  • Walk at your local mall and do some window shopping at the same time.

Does anyone have any other ideas about adding fun to a walk?  

 

©Bea Boomers Wellness 2009-2015

 

Shake it Up for Vital Aging

It’s no longer the wellness project – It’s Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 37 – 3/27/15

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Bea’s Buzz for Friday

Bea has seen several of those YouTube videos, with a variety of everyday people lip synching to Taylor Swift’s song, Shake it Off.  

While enjoying the version sung by two country boys (one of the best ones, in Bea’s opinion), she had a smashing idea!  Bea decided to rewrite the song’s lyrics to reflect what vital aging is all about.  Bea’s contemplating a YouTube performance – but she may need voice lessons first!

So here it is, Bea Boomer’s song:  Shake it up! 

I got wrinkles on my face – got grayin’ in my hair

That’s what the mirror says, mmm hmm – That’s what the mirror says, mmm hmm

I stay in too much – got cobwebs in my brain

Now that’s no way to age, mmm hmm – no that’s no way to age, mmm hmm

But I had it with this pace – yea, I gotta make a change

And that’s what it’s about, mmm hmm – yea, that’s what its about, mmm hmm

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up

Won’t let agin’ get me down, I’ll just kick it in the butt

And that’s what it’s about, mmm, hmm – yea, that’s what its about, mmm, hmm

I’ll never miss a chance, keep steppin’ up my game

And that’s the way to age, mmm, hmm – yea, that’s the way to age, mmm hmm

I keep on learnin’ – can’t stop, won’t stop growin’ 

It’s like I got this power in my mind, sayin’ it’s gonna be just fine

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up 

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up  

I love my attitude – don’t care what people say

And that’s the way to be, mmm hmm – yea, that’s the way to be, mmm hmm

I’m steppin’ up my game – get more power every day

And that’s what they don’t know, mmm hmm – yea, that’s what they don’t know, mmm hmm 

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up 

‘Cause the birthdays gonna come, come, come, come, come and birthdays gonna go, go, go, go, go 

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – I shake it up, I shake it up

Shake it up, shake it up

I, I, I, shake it up – I shake it up

I, I, I shake it up – I shake it up

I, I, I, shake it up – I shake it up

©Bea Boomers Wellness 2009-2015